Many of 78 million baby boomers, now in the thick of midlife, are vulnerable to feeling demoralized about their lives. For some it's the classic "midlife crisis." But for many, it's more of a chronic, low-grade fever.
For most people, the Bucket List is just a source of frustration, a reminder of all the things you have wanted to do and have not done -- so far. The skillful use of your Bucket List is a powerful way to live your best life at any age.
Before you jump at the chance for a midlife 'do-over,' you may want to consider these three essential psychological components to determine your readiness to take on major transformations at this stage of life.
Whether you're entering a new relationship or hoping to resurrect your existing but flagging relationship, the upheavals and changes of midlife can make anyone pretty apprehensive about what lies ahead.
What can help free you from that sense of sinking, sliding and stagnating -- the "big three" of midlife despair -- is first, learning to mentally reframe your current experience of loss, regret and the like.
Reinvention holds enormous appeal for Baby Boomers like us. Who isn't eager to try something new? Who doesn't have a dream they'd love to bring to life? Who doesn't want to be part of a world-changing venture?
It's healthy and wise to examine choices and decisions you've made so far, and studying those that conjure up a twinge of regret offers the greatest opportunity for guiding your future and avoiding "midlife angst."